Breaking into the very competitive freelance market is tough, especially when you’re starting out. Contests offer great opportunities to make a name for yourself and connect with the leaders in the industry. Here are five graphic design contest sources to help you discover which contests are the best ones for you to enter.
Graphic Competition – This site offers a listing of design contests from all over the world. Included in the offerings are contests for logo design, posters and even typography. You can filter by type of contest; photography, graphic design, multiple disciplines, students only, illustration or animation.
Design Contest.com – Similar to Crowdspring, 99Designs and DesignCrowd, this site offers clients a chance to put a job up for bid in the format of a contest. While some designers look down upon these types of free-for-all competitions for a job, for beginning designers building their client list, this can be a great opportunity to test your skills against others in the industry, while getting in some practice and possibly making some quick cash as well. Even if your design isn’t chosen, you can always use it as part of your portfolio, or consider revamping it to offer on your site as a freebie give-away.
HowDesigns.com – How Magazine offers straight contests, judged by industry professionals, as an opportunity to test your skills and develop your creativity, not to mention an opportunity to win international industry exposure in a leading magazine. Winners also receive a free trip to the How graphic design conference, and second-place winners receive $100 discount to the conference.
Infectious- This site offers designers a chance to participate in community-based design contests. The community votes on submitted designs, and a combination of votes and the discretion of the judges is used to choose the best design. Winners receive a cash prize, royalties, and best of all, retain licensing rights to their designs.
AIGA Competitions- The international graphic designers association offers contests that can give winning designers international exposure, not to mention a great deal of prestige in the industry.
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